PETER WRIGHT admits he “pooped” himself in World Cup finals before finally landing the trophy for Scotland.
The Dartan Army pair of Wright and Gary Anderson had been beaten finalists twice in the previous four years before finally ending the jinx against the Republic of Ireland in Hamburg 12 months ago.
Snakebite, 50, revealed that he felt he had let the side down in the losing finals against England and Netherlands.
Wright told PDC Re-Watch: “The most important thing was that I didn’t want to let Gary or the country down. It’s so hard playing pairs. Like Gary said, the last time I played pairs was in the BDO, it’s very difficult.
“To play for your country puts even more pressure on. I found it very nervy.
To be honest I pooped myself in the finals that we lost.
“But I must admit that in the matches with England and Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis was bashed up by Gary but I didn’t. Taylor had 116 and Lewis 108 average, they got lucky against me. I was just poo!
“You have to remember that Gaz was going through a lot of back problems and still was when he was playing.
“He had pulled out of the Premier League as well,
I was privileged that Gary and I could practice behind closed doors at the World Cup. That meant a lot to me”.
“I didn’t want to let him down for putting that hard work in. But before that last game he just said to me ‘make sure you win’!
“But for me it was hard to get into all these finals and keep losing. Then letting Gaz down and Scotland with the finals we’d lost before, it was because of my playing. Gas was playing fantastic and carrying me.
Only England and Netherlands had won the PDC World Cup prior to 2019 and Scotland’s record had been patchy to say the least. They had previously been KO’d by so-called minnows like Spain, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Singapore.
But in more recent times with Wright and Anderson as the pair they had narrowly missed out in finals.
“I was totally focused that it wasn’t going to happen again this year, this is our year. That was it. There was no other thought in my head”.
“Steve and William played well the whole tournament, we were up against it. I’ve obviously had the experience of being in those finals, it’s taken the best players in the world to nick it from us.
“To get over that line and actually for me to hit the winning double, it was nice.”
The 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts had been set to be staged from June 18-21, as 32 nations competed for the prestigious title. The tournament has been moved back to be held from November 6-8!
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